NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol: Kyle Larson wins pole, Chase Elliott 2nd for Night Race

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Kyle Larson (Getty Images)

Kyle Larson will start first in the Bristol night race Saturday.

Larson was the best in qualifying Friday and won the pole for The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott finished second, while Kyle Busch placed third.

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“I feel like I get better and better every time I get to Bristol,” Larson said to NBCS. “Happy I got the pole. . . .  It seems like everything is falling into place. We just have to capitalize on it.”

The pole victory was Larson’s third of 2018. He has yet to win a race, however.

The night race at Bristol is one of the most highly anticipated events on the NASCAR schedule. With three races remaining in the regular season, drivers sitting on the playoff bubble will be looking to improve their chances of reaching the playoffs.

The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, but the start time was moved up to 6:30 p.m. because of potential inclement weather.

NASCAR starting lineup at Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Paul Menard
  5. William Byron
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Ryan Blaney
  11. Brad Keselowski
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Jimmie Johnson
  14. Erik Jones
  15. David Ragan
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Martin Truex Jr.
  18. Austin Dillon
  19. Joey Logano
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Daniel Suarez
  22. Alex Bowman
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Ryan Newman
  25. AJ Allmendinger
  26. Kasey Kahne
  27. Bubba Wallace
  28. Chris Buescher
  29. Matt Dibenedetto
  30. Corey Lajoie
  31. Michael McDowell
  32. TY Dillon
  33. Jesse Little
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Ross Chastain
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Timmy Hill
  38. Gray Gaulding
  39. Landon Cassill
  40. Blake Jones
  41. BJ McLeod